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Georgian Women Avoid Death Penalty In Malaysia

Two Georgian women have escaped the death penalty in Malaysia after being convicted of drug trafficking.

A Malaysian court sentenced one of the women, Babutsa Gordadze, to eight years in jail.

On March 31, the second Georgian woman, Darejan Kokhtashvili, was sentenced to six years.

The women were arrested together in Malaysia in October 2010. Malaysian authorities said a total of 10 kilograms of amphetamine were found in their bags.

Malaysian law calls for a possible death penalty to be imposed for drug trafficking.

Georgian Deputy Prosecutor General Davit Sakvarelidze, who traveled to Malaysia to follow the case, said that the women’s lives had been saved by the joint efforts of Georgian government officials and Malaysian lawyers.

Based on reporting by and

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